A publication by Professor of Theater Stacy Wolf, one of America’s foremost scholars on musical theatre and the Director of Princeton’s new Program in Music Theater, has been named to a list of “10 Books Every Theatre Lover Should Read” by Marissa Friedman.
In Changed for Good: A Feminist History of the Broadway Musical, Wolf frames popular Broadway hits such as West Side Story, Cabaret, Phantom of the Opera, In the Heights, and Wicked within the lens of their female characters.
Wolf analyzes the shifts in narrative, content, and stage presence of these characters through the changing from of the musical, and dedicated her last two chapters to exploring the relationship between Elphaba and Glinda in Wicked and what it might mean for women in musicals and what they can do.
— Marissa Friedman
Wolf is also the author of A Problem Like Maria: Gender and Sexuality in the American Musical, and the co-editor of The Oxford Handbook of the American Musical. She has published articles on theatre spectatorship, performance pedagogy, and musical theatre in many journals including Theatre Journal, Modern Drama, and Camera Obscura. Her manuscript-in-progress, Beyond Broadway: Four Seasons of Amateur Musical Theatre in the U.S., explores the persistence of musical theatre across the country in amateur venues like summer camps, high schools, community theaters, and afterschool programs.
To read the full list of 10 books for theatre lovers, visit ArtsBoston.org.